This trek gives you the grand tour of the famous Everest region. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over Cho La Pass at an altitude of 5330m, leading into the Khumbu/Everest valley above Lobuche. The trail continues up to Kalapattar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Everest region.
During the trek you will be reaching 3 vantage points - Gokyo Peak (5,321 m), Cho La Pass (5,330 m) and finally KalaPatthar (5,643 m). All 3 vantage points will, aside from rewarding you with the feel of achievement, be providing you with fantastic views and mountain landscapes.
With eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is loaded with spectacular mountains vistas. Trekking in the Everest area is an awesome experience, not only for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, colourful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other ornaments of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery and the legend lives on in the Khumbu region.
Strenuous trekking is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenery, including four of the world's eight highest peaks: Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m) and Mt. Everest (8,850m). Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but culturally vibrant Sherpa-way-of-life, famous for their mountaineering skills.
The itinerary (next tab) is a suggested outline for a trek which covers all highlights of the Khumbu region and the most visited places. You will be overnighting in Guesthouses during the trek. We will follow a proper acclimatisation process, as safety remains our top priority.
If you are able to walk up to 8 hours a day, you can do this trek. If in doubt, we recommend to add a porter upon checking out. 1 porter can carry up to 30 kgs and can thus be shared between 2 people.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Lukla by flight and trek to Phakding (2610m/7903ft) - Flight to Lukla 30 minutes and walking 5:30 hours
Fly to Lukla, the trail descends, gradually passing above the large village of Chaunrikharaka (2680m) and on through small villages, fields and forests following a wide well constructed path. After Kusum Drargka, a large stream, the trail crosses the Dudh Kosi river at Phakding. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03: Phakding-Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft) - walking 5:30 hours.
From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar(2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi, and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitude sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04: Acclimatization day At Namche Bazzar- walking 5 hours.
Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest view hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m/12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in Everest area. It’s symmetrically laid out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche (3857m/12,670 feet)- walking 5 hours. O/N at guest house,
An enjoyable walk down to the river at Phunki Thanhka to lunch next to water driven prayer wheels. A steep but short climb takes us to Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir and black juniper. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Tengboche to Dingboche(4410m/14468ft)- walking 5:30 hours,
Our trek continues to climb as we head to the altitude of 4310m taking our time so not to be affected by the thinning air. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Second acclimatization day in Dingboche (4410m/14468ft) –walking 4:25 hours
Our second acclimatization day, the group will be taken to Nagarjun Hill(5050m/15291ft). This point offers fantastic views of the fifth highest mountain Makalu 8463m/25625ft. After appreciating the surrounding scenery we trek back to our camp in Dingboche, relaxing in the evening. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08: Dingboche to Lobuje(4910m/16108ft). – Walking 5:30 hours
Today our trek climbs to 4910m. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09: Lobuje to Everest Base Camp (5363m/17595ft) and back to Gorak Shep(5153m/16906ft). – walking 7:30 hours,
Today we reach our goal by trekking to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5363m. After appreciating our efforts and photographing the achievement we return to Gorak Shep. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10: Hiking up Kalapathar(5545m/18192ft) and overnight at Zongla (4710m/15453ft). Walking 6:30 hours
From our base at Gorak Shep we continue to climb this time hiking up Kalapathar. Leaving as early as possible to take advantage of the morning light, the panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding mountains, as we reach our destination of the Kalapathar viewpoint. Following this we descend to Zongla. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11: Zongla to Thagna(4500m/14764ft) via the Chola-la cross(5420m/17782ft). Walking 7:30 hours
We begin the day by climbing to Chola-la (5483m) crossing over and descending once more to Thagna (4500m). Overnight at guest house.
Day 12: Trek to Gokyo lakes (4790m/15715ft). Walking 4:30 hours
Today takes the trek to our final destination, Gokyo (4790m). We will make this camp our base for 2 nights. Overnight at guest house.
Day 13: Hiking to Gokyo Ri and Machhermo. Walking 4:30 hours
This day early in the morning we have steep climb up to the top of Gokyo Ri (5483m/19083ft) ample rewards to one attempts this trip. There are stunning views of the supper Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa Glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Khumbu Himalayas, such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu (8481m), Cho-Oyu (8153m) and Gychung Kang (7922m) can be seen. Those who explore the glacier and Gokyo peak are rewarded. Overnight at guest house.
Day 14: Trek down to Namche Bazzar (3440 meters) Walking 5 hours Overnight at guest house..
Day 15: Namche Bazzar to Lukla(2840m/9317ft)- walking to 6:30 hours
Our final day of trekking returns us to the town of Lukla, where the overnight stay gives you time to explore the town as well as reflect upon the mountains you have recently visited for one last time before heading back to Kathmandu. Overnight at guest house.
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu. - walking 5 minutes and Flight to Kathmandu 30 minutes
After Breakfast. We will walk about 5 minutes to airport to catch our return flight to Kathmandu. Flight an early morning at 7 am to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you off at Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal. Alternatively, you can continue exploring Nepal.